What Happened in March 1985

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1st Liza Minnelli enters Betty Ford Drug Center

Singer & Actress Liza Minnelli
Singer & Actress
Liza Minnelli
  • 1st Milwaukee businessman Herb Kohl purchases the Milwaukee Bucks
  • 1st Pentagon accepts theory that atomic war would cause a nuclear winter
  • 2nd FDA in the US approves an ELISA screening test for AIDS antibody for all blood banks

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3rd "Moonlighting" with Cybill Shepard & Bruce Willis premieres on ABC TV in the US

  • 3rd "My One & Only" closes at St James Theater NYC after 767 performances
  • 3rd Betsy King wins LPGA Samaritan Turquoise Golf Classic
  • 3rd Bill Shoemaker is 1st jockey to surpass $100 million
  • 3rd National Union of Mine Workers in Britain ends a 51 week strike
  • 3rd Willie Shoemaker becomes 1st jockey to win $100 million
  • 4th STS 51-E vehicle rolls back to Vandenberg AFB; mission cancelled
  • 4th Virtual ban on leaded gas ordered by EPA
  • 4th WWII veterans returned to the "Bridge over the River Kwai"

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5th NY Islander Mike Bossy is 1st to score 50 goals in 8 straight seasons

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • 5th Mexican authorities find the body of US drug agent Enrique "Kike" Camarena Salaazar
  • 5th 38th British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "The Killing Fields" Best Film, Wim Wenders Best Director
  • 6th Enos Slaughter & Arky Vaughan are elected to baseball Hall of Fame

Event of interestEvent of Interest

6th Mike Tyson KOs Hector Mercedes in 1 round in his 1st pro fight

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • 6th Yul Brynner appears in his 4,500th performance of "The King & I"
  • 6th Atlantis (OV-104) rollout at Palmdale
  • 7th IBM-PC DOS Version 3.1 (update) released
  • 8th Ice Dance Championship at Tokyo won by Bestemianova & Bukin (URS)
  • 8th 6th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Georgetown beats St. John's, 92-80
  • 9th Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Tokyo won by Katarina Witt (GDR)
  • 9th 26th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Auburn beats Alabama, 53-49
  • 10th Bonnie Lauer wins Uniden LPGA Golf Invitational
  • 10th Dallas Maverick coach Dick Motta is 4th NBA coach to win 700 games
  • 10th French socialists lose election (National Front 9%)
  • 10th Ice Pairs Championship at Tokyo won by Elena Valova & O Vasiliev (URS)
  • 10th India beat Pakistan to win "World Championship of Cricket"
  • 10th Men's Figure Skating Championship in Tokyo won by Alexandr Fadeev (URS)
  • 10th 32nd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Georgia Tech beats North Carolina, 57-54

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11th Mikhail Gorbachev replaces Konstantin Chernenko as Soviet leader

General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev
General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Mikhail Gorbachev

Event of interestEvent of Interest

12th Larry Bird scores Boston Celtic record 60 points

NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

12th 11th People's Choice Awards: Clint Eastwood & Meryl Streep win (Motion Picture) and Tom Selleck, Joan Collins & Linda Evans win (TV)

Actor and Director Clint Eastwood
Actor and Director
Clint Eastwood
Actress Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
Actor Tom Selleck
Tom Selleck
  • 13th Funeral services held for Konstantin Chernenko (Moscow)
  • 13th Michael Secrest (US) begins 24-hr ride of 516 miles, 427 yards
  • 14th Michael Secrest (US) completes 24-hr ride of 516 miles, 427 yards

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

15th Larry Holmes TKOs David Bey in 10 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • 15th US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 15th The first Internet domain name, symbolics.com is registered
  • 16th Associated Press correspondent Terry Anderson taken hostage in Beirut
  • 16th Denny McLain, pitcher; convicted of racketeering, sentenced to 25 yrs
  • 17th Jane Blalock wins LPGA Women's Kemper Golf Open
  • 17th Matti Nykanen of Finland set a world ski jump record of 623'
  • 18th Capital Cities Communications Inc acquires ABC

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18th Commissioner Peter Ueberroth reinstates Willie Mays & Mickey Mantle

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 19th "Spin Magazine" begins publishing
  • 19th NSW wins cricket Sheffield Shield by beating Queensland by 1 wicket
  • 19th Senate votes 55-45, to authorize production of the MX missile
  • 20th Libby Riddles is 1st woman to win Iditarod Trail Dog Sled Race

Hall of fameHall of Fame

21st Arthur Ashe is nominated for the Internatinal Tennis Hall of Fame

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe
  • 21st Bloodbath at Langa (Uitenhage) South-Africa, 19 killed
  • 22nd NASA launches Intelsat VA F-10
  • 23rd Space Shuttle Discovery moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 51-D mission
  • 23rd Julian Lennon's 1st concert (San Antonio Texas)
  • 23rd US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 24th 5th Golden Raspberry (Razzie) Awards: Bolero wins
  • 24th Jan Stephenson wins LPGA GNA Golf Classic
  • 24th Norman Gifford makes cricket ODI debuts at age 44 (v Aust, Sharjah)
  • 24th 5th Golden Raspberry Awards: Bolero wins
  • 25th 57th Academy Awards: "Amadeus", F Murray Abraham & Sally Field win
  • 25th Edwin Meese III takes office as US Attorney General

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26th Pope John Paul II proclaims first ever World Youth Day

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II

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27th Billy Dee Williams receives a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

  • 28th International Cometary Explorer measures solar wind ahead of Halley

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28th Neil Simon's "Biloxi Blues" premieres in NYC

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • 28th STS 51-D vehicle moves to launch pad
  • 29th Christos Sartzetakis elected president of Greece

Sports record brokenNHL Record

29th Wayne Gretzky breaks own NHL season record with 126th assist

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • 30th 139th Grand National: Hywel Davies aboard Last Suspect wins
  • 31st 15th Easter Seal Telethon raises $27,400,000
  • 31st 4th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Old Dominion beats Ga 70-65
  • 31st El Salvador's President José Napoleón Duarte' Christian Democratic Party wins election
  • 31st Wrestlemania I at Madison Square Garden NY, Hogan & Mr T beat Piper & Orndorf

Famous Birthdays

  • 1st Andreas Ottl, German footballer
  • 1st Jeremy Jacob "J" Leman, Champaign Illinois, American Football Player
  • 2nd Robert Iler, American actor
  • 2nd Reggie Bush, American football player
  • 2nd Luke Pritchard, British singer (The Kooks)
  • 3rd Sam Morrow, Northern Irish footballer
  • 4th Chinedum Ndukwe, American football player
  • 5th Ken'ichi Matsuyama, Japanese actor
  • 5th Whitney Port, Cast member of The Hills TV series
  • 6th Albert Reed, American model
  • 7th Thomas Erak, American guitarist
  • 8th Ewa Sonnet, Polish model and pop singer
  • 9th Parthiv Patel, Indian Cricket Player
  • 10th Lassana Diarra, French footballer
  • 10th Casey Dienel, American singer-songwriter
  • 10th Kim Leclerc, Canadian politician
  • 11th Derek Schouman, American football player
  • 11th Nikolai Topor-Stanley, Australian soccer player
  • 12th Bradley Wright-Phillips, English footballer
  • 12th Tosh Townend, American skateboarder

Person of interestPerson of Interest

13th Emile Hirsch, American actor (Into the Wild, Speed Racer), born in Topanga, California

  • 13th Alcides, Brazilian football player
  • 13th Austin Scott, American football player
  • 14th Idaira, Spanish singer
  • 15th Antti Autti, Finnish snowboarder
  • 15th James MacLurcan, Australian actor
  • 15th F.V.A. Morriello, Canadian author
  • 15th Eva Amurri, American actress
  • 15th Tom Chilton, British racing driver
  • 16th Nicole Trunfio, Australian supermodel
  • 18th Vince Lia, Australian Footballer
  • 18th Gennaro Esposito, Italian footballer
  • 19th Ernesto Viso, Venezuelan racing driver
  • 21st Adrian Peterson, American Football player
  • 22nd Mike Jenkins, American football player
  • 23rd Maurice Jones-Drew, American football player
  • 24th Haruka Ayase, Japanese actress and model

Person of interestPerson of Interest

26th Keira Knightley, English actress (Bend It Like Beckham, Pirates of the Caribbean), born in London, England

  • 26th Prosper Utseya, Zimbabwean cricket captain
  • 26th Jonathan Groff, American stage actor
  • 27th Dario Baldauf, Austrian footballer
  • 27th Stijn De Smet, Belgian footballer
  • 27th Caroline Winberg, Swedish supermodel
  • 29th Maxim Lapierre, Canadian ice hockey forward
  • 29th Mickey Pimentel, National Football League linebacker

Famous Weddings

  • 9th Actors Laura Johnson (Falcon Crest) & Harry Hamlin (LA Law) wed

HeartWedding of Interest

16th Actress Maureen McCormick (28) weds Michael Cummings

HeartWedding of Interest

23rd Musician Billy Joel weds supermodel Christie Brinkley

Pianist, songwriter, and composer Billy Joel
Pianist, songwriter, and composer
Billy Joel

HeartWedding of Interest

25th Professional boxer George Foreman (35) weds Mary Martelly

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman

Famous Deaths

  • 1st Eugene List, US concert pianist, dies at 66
  • 2nd John B Kelly Jr, chairman US Olympic Committee, dies at 57
  • 2nd Michael Redgrave, actor (Goodbye Mr Chips), dies at 77 of Parkinson's
  • 3rd Sarah Blanding, 1st US fem college head (Vassar 1946-64), dies at 86
  • 6th Eric Sloane, US artist, dies at 80
  • 7th George Schick, Czech conductor (Chicago Symphony), dies at 76
  • 7th Robert W Woodruff, CEO (Coca-Cola), dies at 95
  • 7th Victor W Farris, inventor of paper milk carton, etc, dies
  • 8th Edward Andrews, actor (Broadside), dies at 70 of a heart attack
  • 8th Thomas Creighton, US heart patient (3 implants in 46 hrs), dies at 33
  • 10th Konstantin Chernenko, party leader/President of USSR (1984-85), dies at 73
  • 12th Eugene Ormandy [Blau], Hungarian/US conductor, dies at 85
  • 15th Radha Krishna Choudhary, Indian historian and writer (b. 1921)
  • 16th Roger Huntington Sessions, US composer (Black Masks), dies at 88

Person of interestPerson of Interest

16th Eddie Shore, Canadian ice hockey player, dies of a lung infection at 82

NHL Star Eddie Shore
NHL Star
Eddie Shore
  • 17th Dattu Phadkar, cricketer (Indian all-rounder, 31 Tests 1947-58), dies
  • 18th Jack Miller, orchestra leader (Kate Smith Evening Hour), dies at 89
  • 21st Michael Redgrave, actor (Goodbye Mr Chips, Mr Arkadin), dies at 77
  • 21st Salvador Ley, composer, dies at 78
  • 23rd Anton Constandse, Dutch anarchist/writer, dies at 85
  • 23rd Patricia Roberts Harris, (Rep-D), dies at 60
  • 23rd Singing Nun, commits suicide in Belgium at 52
  • 23rd Richard Beeching, chairman of British Railways (b. 1913)
  • 23rd Peter Charanis, Greek-American scholar and professor (b. 1908)
  • 24th George London, Canadian bass-baritone (Monterone-Rigoleto), dies at 64
  • 28th Marc Chagall, French painter, dies at 97
  • 28th Nand Baert, Belgian radio/tv-host, dies at 53
  • 29th Luther Terry, Surgeon General of the United States (b. 1911)
  • 29th Jeanine Deckers, Belgian nun, The Singing Nun (b. 1933)
  • 30th Harold Peary, actor (Herb-Blondie, Willy), dies of heart attack at 76
  • 31st Jeanine Deckers, Belgian nun (b. 1933)